Five first time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program on Tuesday by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program their record is wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete the program, or are revoked from it, they will face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.
All were placed for a year.
Robert Nathanial Haight, 36, of Brookllyn, N.Y., was placed on a charge of posession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on Nov. 2, 2012, in the parking lot of Penn's Peak, in Penn Forest Township.
He was assessed $450 for the cost of the program, and ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 15 hours of community service.
Zachery M. Koehler, 27, of Northampton, was placed on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. He was arrested on Aug. 18, 2012, along Mauch Chunk St., by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.
He was assessed $600, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and license suspended for 60 days.
Gary J. Porembo, 58, of Nesquehoning, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on April 23, 2011, along SR54 by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was .08BAC.
He was assessed $450 and ordered to get a D&A evaluation.
Heather Sue Walck, 25, of Lansford, was placed on a charge of retail theft. She was arrested on Nov. 14, 2012, at the Walmart store by Mahoning Township police. Taken was $364.62 worth of merchandise.
She was assessed $450, and ordered to render 25 hours of community service, and make restitution in an amount to be determined by the adult probation office.
Nathaniel James Cline, 19, of Kunkletown, was placed on a charge of operating a watercraft with any amount of a scheduled I, II, of III or metabolite in his system. He was arrested on Aug. 12, 2012, at Beltzville Lake, in Towamensing Township, by officers of the state fish and boat commission.
He was assessed $600, and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, attend and complete a boating safety program, and his watercraft license was suspended for six months.
All must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.